Battle Brewing Over PHEV Access to California's HOV Lanes

Carmakers are feuding over which class of plug-in hybrid will qualify for a new round of HOV lane access stickers.

Published: 28-Sep-2009

One of California's most coveted motoring perks is up for grabs again.

The yellow decals that give nearly 85,000 solo drivers of fuel-sipping hybrids – mainly Toyota Priuses – free access to the state's carpool lanes are set to expire at the end of 2010.

Now, some lawmakers want the state to give out another round of the stickers in January 2011 to boost sales of the next generation of super-efficient vehicles.


VW Golf is equipped with Sanyo battery pack that gives it 30 miles of AER.

The 1.4 liter diesel engine in VW's Twin Drive system actually drives the wheels, whereas the engine in the Volt only charges the battery as it approaches depletion.

Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Prototype, one of 20 being tested by US electric utilities.

The funding being announced Tuesday will help the automaker continue to work on its demonstration fleet of 20 plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Chevy Volt range-extended electric car on display at Sydney Auto Show in Australia

The Volt's Sydney appearance is its first outside the US and only the second public showing globally.


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